SAN FRANCISCO, Mexico -- Costa Azul Adventure Resort is
spotlighting a number of recent upgrades and new options for active
clients. The property is 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the
small coastal fishing village of San Francisco.
Costa Azul renovated and reconfigured some of its guest units and
added a new restaurant. Many of the property's guest suites were
repainted and redecorated, and three master suites in the main
hotel were converted to six hotel suites with large terraces.
Costa Azul also is adding a sixth villa, which will accommodate
a family of five people and feature a kitchenette. The villa is
expected to be finished by the beginning of next year.
Plans are also on the drawing boards for more villas, casitas
and suites. The property currently has 22 suites and five
The new restaurant is the same palapa-style venue as the
property's previous dining room, with a more updated look, a larger
bar and a swim-up bar. A new menu focusing on Mexican specialties
also was introduced with the completion of the restaurant.
Costa Azul expanded its lineup of off-shore excursions and
mainland adventures to include surfing lessons, a hiking program to
a waterfall and a sunset sail.
The surfing lessons are available through Corky Carroll's Surf
School, which opened at the property this year. The school is a
satellite branch of the main school of the same name in Huntington
Beach, Calif. Instructors at the school, which accepts beginner,
intermediate and advanced surfers, take students to ideal ocean
breaks for lessons.
The property's new hiking excursion is a full-day program in
which participants are transported to a site south of Puerto
Vallarta that is only accessible by boat. The hike is along the
coastline and through the jungle to Yelapa Waterfalls.
The new sunset sail takes place on the property's catamaran and
features a journey to a private beach; wine and hors d'oeuvres are
Costa Azul's adventure tour lineup also includes snorkeling in
the Marietas Islands, whale-watching, a river boat tour to San Blas
and La Tovara, mountain biking and sea kayaking. Optional
activities such as diving, sportfishing and golf also are
Costa Azul aims to cater to adventurous clients seeking plenty
of activity in a remote setting, according to Molly McDonough,
director of marketing for the property. "It is a place where guests
can take part in adventurous activities, but also get away from it
all and relax by the pool without thousands of tourists around,"
McDonough said. The resort mainly attracts couples and families,
Accommodations are designed in a traditional Mexican style with
no TVs or telephones. "The experience revolves around enjoying the
jungle and the ocean, and relaxing," McDonough said.
Costa Azul offers a number of packages focusing on adventure,
surfing, romance and kids' activities. Included are the Adventure
program, which features accommodations, unlimited participation in
adventure activities and excursions available at the property
(including the surf school), and all meals, beer and wine.
Through Dec. 15, the nightly rate starts at $98 per person,
double. Under a promotion available for travel through May 2000,
guests booking the Adventure package for stays from Wednesday to
Wednesday or Saturday to Saturday will receive the seventh night
A five-night honeymoon package, priced at $1,200 per couple,
includes accommodations in an oceanview villa; all meals, beer and
wine; a candlelight dinner on the beach; a honeymoon adventure;
participation in all of the resort's adventure activities, and a
Lovers Prosperity basket.
For children, Costa Azul offers a Kid's Adventure package, which
allows youngsters aged 3 to 12 to learn about the jungle, ocean,
wildlife and local culture through various activities and
excursions. The nightly cost is $54 per child.
Room-only rates at Costa Azul start at $75 per night.
Costa Azul Adventure Resort
Phone: (800) 365-7613